6 of the Best Restaurants in North Cornwall

North Cornwall offers some of the best restaurants for fine and Michelin Star dining in the entire county; discover the ones not to be missed in our guide.

The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow

Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant
The Seafood Restaurant - ©Rickstein.com

What’s to love: One of the best-known places to eat in Cornwall, Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant has long been one of Padstow’s main foodie attractions since it opened in 1975. Praised for its imaginative and varied menu of perfectly cooked seafood, visitors are made to feel welcome by attentive front-of-house staff. Perfect for birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions, booking is a must for the main restaurant, although not necessary for the Seafood Bar.

Cuisine: Seafood including international fish dishes from France, Goa, Thailand and Bali; children’s menu available

Price: Three course set lunch for £38.50; dinner main courses £20-£60

Opening times: Lunch 12pm-2.30pm; dinner 6.30pm-10.30pm

Address: Riverside, Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8BY

Contact: 01841 532700; www.rickstein.com

Little Kahuna, Newquay

Little Kahuna, Newquay
Main meal at Little Kahuna - ©littlekahuna.co.uk

What’s to love: This small restaurant in the heart of Newquay has only seven tables, making advanced booking essential. Run by husband and wife team Ryan and Kelly Mather, the quirky, intimate and relaxing environment of Little Kahuna is loved by visitors and residents alike. This, combined with welcoming staff and a vibrant and affordable Asian menu, makes it easy to see where the 5 star TripAdvisor rating comes from.

Cuisine: Thai, Asian and Indian; children’s menu available early evening

Price: Main courses £10-£15

Opening times: 5.30pm – late daily

Address: 4-6 Crantock Street, Newquay, TR7 1JS

Contact: 01637 850440; www.littlekahuna.co.uk

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Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, St Enodoc Hotel, Rock

Restaurant Nathan Outlaw
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw - ©nathan-outlaw.com

What’s to love: Restaurant Nathan Outlaw is Cornwall’s only 2 Michelin Star restaurant. The seafood tasting menu features simply titled dishes that definitely will not disappoint. An unforgettable experience for seafood lovers, this is high-end dining at its best from head chef Chris Simpson. For the ultimate foodie treat, couple your tasting menu with the matching wine flight.

Cuisine: British seafood

Price: £99pp seafood tasting menu

Opening times: Tues – Sat 7pm-9pm

Address: St Enodoc Hotel, Rock, PL27 6LA

Contact: 01208 862737; www.nathan-outlaw.com

Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Padstow

Paul Ainsworth, No 6

A trip to the fairground dessert, from Paul Ainsworth at No. 6  ©number6inpadstow.co.uk

What’s to love: Currently ranked as the top restaurant in Padstow on TripAdvisor, this Michelin starred restaurant serves simple but modern British and Cornish food using locally sourced seasonal ingredients. The unpretentious fine dining is celebrated as much as the welcoming and informed service.

Cuisine: British, Cornish, seafood

Price: Three course set lunch £25; dinner main courses £25-£30

Opening times: Tues – Sat lunch 12pm-2.30pm; dinner 6pm-10pm

Address: 6 Middle Street, Padstow, PL28 8AP

Contact: 01841 532093; www.number6inpadstow.co.uk

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Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay

Jamie Oliver's Fifteen at Watergate Bay
Crab pasta from Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Cornwall - ©fifteencornwall.co.uk

What’s to love: Perfectly located on the beach at Watergate Bay, gorgeous sea views are accompanied by delicious Italian food made from locally sourced produce and cooked by apprentices alongside fantastic chefs. Splash out on the tasting menu in the evening (booking is a must), or pop in to the antipasti bar for grazing dishes and drinks to match.

Cuisine: Italian with a Cornish twist; children’s menu available

Price: Breakfast £4-£11; three course set lunch £28pp; dinner seven course tasting menu £80pp, main courses £20-£35

Opening times: Breakfast 8.30am-10am; lunch 12pm-2.30pm; dinner 6.15pm-9.15pm

Address: On the Beach, Watergate Bay, TR8 4AA

Contact: 01637 861000; www.fifteencornwall.co.uk

The Dining Room, Rock

The Dining Room, Rock
Seafood from The Dining Room, Rock - ©thediningroomrock.co.uk

What’s to love: The fresh seasonal food thoughtfully prepared by chef Fred Beedles garners as much praise as the attentive service provided by his fiancée Donna and the rest of the staff. Fine dishes are beautifully presented, and diners are able to enjoy their meal and the delicious selection of accompanying wines at a leisurely pace.

Cuisine: British

Price: Main courses £17-£23

Opening times: Weds-Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays 7-9pm

Address: Pavilion Buildings, Rock, PL27 6JS

Contact: 01208 862622; www.thediningroomrock.co.uk

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